Phoenix-area man injured, horse killed by lightning strike

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a man remains hospitalized at a Phoenix burn unit after being struck by lightning while horseback riding.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says the 31-year-old man was in a Phoenix suburb around 3:30 p.m. Saturday when lightning struck.

According to deputies, the man and two relatives were riding home after they observed a storm moving in.

The lightning then hit, killing the man’s horse instantly.

The rider suffered burns on his upper body.

Deputies say he was transported from the Buckeye area to Maricopa Medical Center in critical condition.

Authorities expect him to survive.

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